Phoenix Swimming and Diving Teams Close Out Dual Meet Season
The Green Bay Phoenix concluded their dual meet season this Friday against Wisconsin at the UW Natatorium. The men fell 120-170, while the women lost 116-166. The Badgers suited up to break nine pool records on their senior day, taking every pool event win in the process.
The sole victor for the Phoenix was junior Michael Klemm on the 1 meter board, taking the title at this particular dual meet for the second year in a row. His score of 322.12 edged out the competition by less than three points. On the 3 meter board, Klemm placed second with a score of 329.62, 12 points better than his total from last year’s competition against the Badgers. With the Horizon League Championships less than three weeks away, Klemm is setting himself up for a strong end to the season.
Diving coach Tom Stover agrees. “Michael sure has stepped it up lately. He’s very consistent in his preparation for competition, so I’m very happy his efforts in practice pay off with an excellent meet like this.”
Although Green Bay is just beginning to taper down in preparation for their conference meet later this month, there were still notable races and valiant efforts showcased by the Phoenix.
In the women’s 1000 freestyle, sophomore Rosalyn Stoa and freshman Alyssa Hyland each pulled off personal best times. Stoa touched the wall at 10:54.06, while Hyland finished in 11:11.62.
Stoa also managed a season best time in the 200 individual medley, where the sophomore went 2:10.05, and in the 200 breaststroke, where she posted a time of 2:32.14.
Multiple women also tested out third-event races, to their benefit. In the women’s 200 freestyle, senior Claire Friederick went a personal best time in 2:00.63, while in the women’s 100 backstroke, freshman Willow Kugel went a lifetime best of 1:01.57.
In the women’s 100 breaststroke, senior Natalie Neuwirth swam a season best time of 1:12.11, while Hyland pulled one off as well, right behind with her finishing time of 1:12.50.
Allissa Smith went a lifetime best time in the women’s 200 backstroke, 2:03.90. This should move her up in the rankings within the Horizon League, setting the freshman within striking distance of the coveted A final at the Horizon League Championships.
For the men, it was redshirt freshman Nicholas Kopp’s day as he raced to two lifetime bests. He finished at 59.97 in the 100 breaststroke and was back again later in the meet for the 200 breaststroke, battling his way to another new best time, 2:12.53.
There were also some season bests for the men’s team. In the men’s 50 freestyle, freshman Riley Darling went a season best time, finishing at 22.10. For the men’s 100 freestyle, junior Alec Rutkowski went a season-best flat start, touching the wall at 48.21. To wrap up the highlights on the men’s side, in the men’s 100 butterfly, junior Thomas Everson swam a season best time of 52.86.
Of the team’s hard efforts against the Big Ten team, head coach Reed Robelot said, “Racing one of the fastest teams in the Midwest is a great way to finish our dual meet season. This meet also gave our swimmers a chance to revisit and refine their third events for the championships in a few weeks. Our divers stepped up and gained some momentum as they head to Chicago tomorrow.”
Indeed, the diving team will be competing on February 4th at the UIC Diving Invitational, but after that, the only competition left in the season is the Horizon League Championships. Hosted at UIC as well, the four-day, end-of-the-season meet goes from February 22nd through February 25th.